New Year’s Eve Events near Dixon, IL

New Year’s Eve Events - Dixon, IL
New Year’s Eve Events – Dixon, IL

Looking for fun New Year’s Eve events close to home? These celebrations near Dixon are only a short drive away.

Party at Bar Louie

There’s two Bar Louie locations near Dixon — the one in Geneva and the one in Naperville — but both of them are throwing a free-to-the-public New Year’s Eve party. Guests who want to go the extra mile can opt for an available $50 package that offers four drink tickets and an appetizer in addition to the champagne toast.

WhirlyBall Family Event

So many NYE celebrations are for guests 21 years of age and older. If you want to bring family along for the ride, head to WhirlyBall in Naperville. Entry is $20 for kids and $30 for adults. Things like WhirlyBall, laser tag, and bowling will be provided, as well as a lunch and dinner buffet. It also ends at 7 p.m. so you can put the little ones to bed at a reasonable hour.

Dance Party at Vargo’s Dance

Want some dance lessons before you ring in the New Year? Vargo’s Dance is kicking off their annual dance party with some lessons, so you can hustle, swing, salsa, and rumba your way into 2020. Tickets include food and a champagne toast.

Ken Nelson Nissan wishes you a fantastic 2020. And remember to call us for any vehicular needs you have in the new year.

5 Cool Christmas Gifts for Auto Enthusiasts

Christmas gifts for auto enthusiasts - Dixon, IL
Christmas gifts for auto enthusiasts – Dixon, IL

Looking for something special for the car lover in your life? Here are five awesome Christmas gifts for auto enthusiasts.

GGBAILEY Rugged All-Season Floor Mats

No car enthusiast likes to see their car’s floors get dirty. When you gift them the GGBAILEY Rugged All-Season Floor Mats for Christmas, they’ll have something that looks handsome and absorbs snow and mud throughout the winter.

ZUS Smart Rearview Camera

These days, new cars come with their own built-in back-up camera. But an older car might need its own. Enter the ZUS Smart Rearview Camera, which mounts neatly and provides the same peace of mind when maneuvering in reverse.

Sta-Bil Fuel Stabilizer

This nifty tool is perfect for your friend or family member who has a ride that they only take out for special occasions. They can add it to a new tank of gas, and the Sta-Bil Fuel Stabilizer will help prevent any issues with gasoline that sits for a while.

Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax

Applying wax is easy with the Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Wax. Your car enthusiast friend need only spray on a layer right after a wash, then dry with a microfiber towel.

Bellroy Key Cover

Give the car lover in your life a keychain they’ll love as much as their car. The Bellroy Key Cover is made of a premium, genuine leather, and provides a sleek way to organize keys and keep them lying flat and comfortably in a pocket or bag.

Need more gift ideas for the car geek in your life? Call us here at Ken Nelson Nissan; we’ll be happy to tell you more about Nissan accessories that you could give your loved one this holiday. 

Tips for A Great Thanksgiving

Tips for A Great Thanksgiving | Dixon, IL
Tips for A Great Thanksgiving | Dixon, IL

Thanksgiving is a celebration that many foodies look forward to. Take some of the stress out of your holiday food prep with these helpful tips.


Fridge real estate is in high demand in November, so before you start into the cooking, take all those jars of jam and bottles of ketchup and put them in a cooler for storage, freeing up the refrigerator. Or if warm foods are taking up too much space, use the cooler’s insulation as a warming drawer. Just line it with aluminum foil to keep foods hot.

Mashed Potatoes in the Crock Pot

Free up room on the stove by slow-roasting the mashed potatoes in a crock pot this year. Just add in some heavy cream to the potatoes and turn the setting on low until it’s meal time.

Pre-Chopped Ingredients

Need some time savers? When you go to the grocery store, check out the salad bar and pick up some ingredients that are already prepared to help reduce time in the kitchen.

Gravy Thermos

Another way to keep foods hot is to place the finished gravy in a thermos until dinner. Just transfer it to a gravy boat when the meal starts and it’ll be ready to go.

Chicken Broth

Overcook the turkey? Not a problem. Warm up some chicken broth and pour it over the sliced turkey to revive the meat and add flavor.

We here at Ken Nelson Nissan want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Make sure to schedule your vehicle’s pre-winter service appointment before you embark on holiday travels.

Two Nissan Models Named Most Reliable Used SUVs by US News

Nissan Murano - Most Reliable Used SUVs in Dixon IL

Used vehicles are a great way to go, especially for families who are looking for something spacious and accommodating that doesn’t break the bank. Anyone in that position will benefit from checking out the latest list of the “25 Most Reliable Used SUVs under $10,000” by U.S. News & World Report. The list suggests used models that are long-lasting, comfortable, and packed with amenities.

Nissan has two models that have been deemed as some of the most reliable used SUVs out there. One is the 2011 Nissan Juke, a compact and quirky option that serves as fun option for people looking for something a little different than a basic sedan. This Nissan Juke earned an 8.7 out of 10 USN Overall Score for its stylish design and passenger-friendly cabin.

The 2010 Nissan Murano was ranked even higher, earning a USN Overall Score of 9.0 out of 10. This crossover boasts a surprisingly luxurious cabin, delivering more sophisticated than many of its five-seat competitors.

Kelley Blue Book has also praised the 2010 Nissan Murano for its styling, as well as its peppy powertrain and its in-cabin technologies. Drivers who are looking for a used crossover that will meet all of their needs should consider the 2011 Juke and the 2010 Murano.

Test-drive the current Juke and Murano models we have in our inventory when you stop by Ken Nelson Nissan.

US News List of Best Commuter Cars for 2019 Picks Two Nissan SUVs

Nissan Rogue Best Commuter Cars for 2019 | Dixon IL

U.S. News & World Report recently announced its top 25 Best Commuter Cars for 2019. This list showcased sedans and SUVs with excellent fuel economy, comfortable interiors, and affordable prices (all under $35,000). Both the Nissan Rogue and Nissan Kicks received spots on the list, proving that their efficient designs make them rewarding choices for a commuter vehicle.

The 2019 Rogue earned praise for its excellent fuel efficiency of 33 mpg on the highway, as well as its standard set of Nissan Safety Shield 360 features. Safety features on this model include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. U.S. News & World Report writer Joel Patel also commented, “When you’re commuting, the comfort-first nature of this SUV shines.”

The 2019 Kicks also received marks for its fuel-sipping powertrain. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine pairs with a continuously variable transmission to achieve 36 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg combined. The model’s interior amenities — like the Zero Gravity Seats, which are designed to help reduce fatigue by encouraging a more neutral posture when you’re behind the wheel— make even long drives more comfortable.

Celebrate these two models’ accolades when you stop by Ken Nelson Nissan to test-drive them for yourself.